Iowa Black Alumni Association 50th Anniversary

In 1963, several UI alumni and friends gathered for an informal picnic at the Rockford, Ill., home of the late McKinley “Deacon” Davis. The opportunity to socialize, reflect, and renew friendships from their campus days in the early 1950s proved so meaningful that the group agreed to organize on a more formal basis. So, they became the Iowa Black Alumni Association (IBAA).

The IBAA has grown from an original group of about 10 couples to an active membership of more than 300. Their common bond is the UI, where similar experiences at a major university— particularly during the ’50s, ’60s, and early ’70s—keeps them united in camaraderie and support.

The Iowa Black Alumni Association will celebrate its 50th anniversary April 19-21, 2013. We have several activities planned to mark this important milestone, and hope you can join us. The reunion committee has created a fabulous weekend where you can mingle with old friends and meet new ones, tour our ever-changing campus, participate in valuable workshops, and renew your ties with the University of Iowa. We hope to see you in Iowa City for this momentous occasion!

For more information or to register, click here.

— Jane Kirsch, Programs Assistant

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  1. lee mccann
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    I would hate to hear the uproar if a group was formed named WHITE IOWA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION.

    • Michael Freeman
      Posted April 30, 2013 at 9:35 pm | Permalink


      It’s very convenient to make this kind of comment in 2013. If you place this organization in context by backing up 50 years, you might discover the inherent flaw in your comment. Don’t make it so easy for others to call you racist by ignoring the past. Remember, some in this country look at far the United State has come in racial relations, others like me, have to consider where are in light of where we came from. Others never forget their histories; It seems only blacks must forget theirs. Be a good Hawkeye; represent Iowa better than this.

      Mike Freeman
      Class of ’80& ’83

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